Michelle Obama Talks to Students about the Importance of Failure

May 24, 2013  |  
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First Lady Michelle Obama is an inspiration to millions because of her success. But today at Washington, D.C.’s Savoy Elementary School, she spoke about failure, says the Associated Press.

The First Lady was addressing a school grade school students at a school in the city’s poorest neighborhood. The school relies on the arts to increase student performance. In her speech, Mrs. Obama emphasized hard work no matter what. “You’re looking at the first … I have failed at things. Things have been really hard for me at times. But all I had to do was keep going and keep working hard.” She also encouraged the students to try new things and welcome the risk of failure.

Mrs. Obama also used actress Kerry Washington, who is the school’s arts ambassador and was in attendance, as an example of someone who’s kept going in the face of failure and rejection. “She spent a lot of time practicing and working and trying out for things and having people tell her ‘no,’ ‘no, thank you,’ ‘you’re not good enough, you’re not pretty enough,”  the First Lady explained.

The students of Savoy Elementary got quite a treat and got to start of the long weekend with plenty of inspiration.

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